Champions League

Jorginho Slams Rio Ferdinand After Being Named UEFA Player of the Year

By Amreen
Jorginho hit out at Ferdinand's criticism
Jorginho hit out at Ferdinand's criticism / James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Jorginho shared a video on Instagram mocking Rio Ferdinand, who previously claimed the Chelsea midfielder "couldn't run, isn't great at defending, and struggles against the big teams".

The Italian was presented with the UEFA Player of the Award on Tuesday night after the Blues beat Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 to start off their Champions League defence with a win.

The 29-year-old has been extremely impressive for both club and country over the last 12 months, and beat the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and his Chelsea team-mate N'Golo Kante to the award.

Jorginho shared a cheeky video poking fun at Ferdinand, who is seeing criticising the player after a match in January 2019. "He's not a great defender. Once the game gets like this the big teams, he gets overrun in midfield. He can't run," the former Manchester United man is seen saying.

Jorginho endured a rough start to life at Stamford Bridge after making the switch from Napoli, but has grown into his role, winning silverware for both club and country in the past one year.

"My start at Chelsea made me miss it (Napoli) even more," he said in a piece for The Player's Tribune. "We all remember what they were saying, right? I was too slow, I was too weak. I was Sarri's son. Man, it made me so angry.

"But listen, they underestimated me. You see, I've had a turbulent start at every club I've been with. Every club. It's incredible. So the Chelsea stuff? Puh! I just used the criticism as fuel. I was thinking 'these people are going to be embarrassed.' And now I'm sitting here with a Europa League title and a Champions League title.

"So to all the critics, I just want to say one thing. Thank you. Really, thank you all."